Friday, September 18, 2009

Barefoot Repeats

Worked out with the XC team today. They were running hard repeats on a hilly, grassy loop around 400 meters long. I was running barefoot, and took a slightly shorter route along the inner perimeter so I could run alongside them and try to push them along.

I have some pretty good callouses built up on my feet now. The only obstacle with my running right now are the shin splints, which are pretty bad right now but manageable. As Paige commented on my last post, running barefoot or with the heelless shoes will make one more susceptible to them, since the calves are working more. The longer term benefits though of course could be numerous and big, so well worth putting up with a little discomfort now if all goes as hoped.

Ran 3.3 miles total.
w/u: Ran .6 miles @ 8:22/mile pace w/ heelless shoes.
Ran 2.1 miles worth of ~400M repeats @ 7:39/mile overall pace.
c/d: Ran .6 miles @ 8:24/mile pace w/ heelless shoes.
AHR/MHR - N/A (forgot strap)
Paved roads (w/u and c/d), grassy field with a few rocks and roots.
Slightly hilly to moderately hilly.
Upper 60s, partly sunny.
Heelless shoes for w/u and c/d, barefoot for main run, shorts, short sleeved shirt.



Shin splits can be very painfull make sure you stretch out your calf muscles really well and if possible do some deep pressure massage, left untreated the condition will only get worse!

Thomas said...

Be careful with the shins. Long-term benefits will never be gained if you get injured repeatedly in the short term.